I'm Nittai Malchin, a senior at Palo Alto High School in CA and the founder of One Love Advocates. Our mission is to do whatever possible to improve access to education in communities that are struggling with destructive or endemic problems. My immediate focus is helping kids in Haiti gain access to educational opportunities. I recently traveled to Haiti, and I will be documenting my trip on this site. There are 4 sections (see navigation above) to my mini site: (1) my blog where i document my activities, impressions and thoughts from Haiti (2) About One Love where you can read more about the initiative (3) Support One Love where you can learn how to get involved, donate or help (4) contact info. And on the right sidebar you will find more info such as links to other sites, feeds, photos, videos, and ways to contact me or share One Love with others. Also, check out the cool toolbar on the bottom of your screen to see our videos, photos, and Facebook page, for translations, and more. Thank you for visiting and feel free to share your thoughts.

Friday, August 27, 2010

1st Day of School

Whatsup everybody,

This week marked the first day of school for me at Palo Alto High School. I walked around our large campus, full of air-conditioned rooms, trees, and flowers. I met all of my well-trained, seasoned teachers. I got to see all of my friends that I had missed over the summer, and despite all of the work that I will begin to get, it was a fun day.

Now, some 3,000 miles away, imagine that I attended an "ordinary" Haitian school. I wouldn't walk around a campus, but rather around an over-populated tent city. There are no air-conditioned rooms, trees, or flowers. Instead, there are cramped, hot, and open tents surrounded by rubble and destruction. There are limited amounts of teachers for the few kids that are lucky enough to attend school. Unfortunately, this is not imagination, but rather the reality for students in Haiti. We are working as hard as we can to improve the situation, but there is no quick solution for the infrastructural problems that currently exist.

Just something to think about as we embark on one more year of school.

-One Love.

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